I would pick a bike from above, depending on type of touring you plan to do. Be forewarned, beginners typically underestimate how much weight they will carry.
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Highway 90 out of New Orleans will take you to Florida. From Baton Rouge, take 190 to 90. You can get to Covington, LA and ride Tammany Trace to Slidel. From there catch 90 a bit farther south.
I got that from your previous post where you said:
"New synthetics are lighter and/or pack smaller than a good down bagNew synthetics are lighter and/or pack smaller than a good down bag". ? Wherever you got that, it not something I would say.My experience is much different from your comparison of your down bag and catalog description of synthetic bag. My down bag weighed nearly twice my synthetic bag; I keep just as warm in the synthetic bag and bulk is less.